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3 takeaways from BYU’s 76-73 loss to Pepperdine

BYU lost its first game in five contests, falling to Pepperdine 76-73 Wednesday afternoon

Brigham Young Cougars guard Alex Barcello (13) gets ready to shoot over the Pepperdine Waves position at the Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021.
FILE — Brigham Young Cougars guard Alex Barcello (13) gets ready to shoot over the Pepperdine Waves position at the Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021.
Annie Barker, Deseret News

BYU lost its first game in five contests, falling to Pepperdine 76-73 Wednesday afternoon.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

  • BYU led by as much as 11 early in the second half, but Pepperdine whittled it down throughout the half. The Waves took the lead for good with 4:39 left on a Jan Zidek layup. The Cougars tied the game on a Richard Harward jumper with 55 seconds remaining, but Pepperdine was able to make three free throws down the stretch to win the game. Down by one with 10 seconds left, Spencer Johnson turned the ball over, resulting in two made free throws by Pepperdine. Alex Barcello’s 3-pointer was no good and Pepperdine escaped for the win.
  • BYU entered the game shooting nearly 35% from 3-point range, but was held to 25% shooting from the arch against the Waves. No Cougar besides Caleb Lohner (11 points) scored in double digits.
  • Pepperdine shot 48.5% from the field in the second half, improving on a 36.4% performance in the first half. BYU was limited to 39.3% shooting in the second half after shooting 48.3% in the first.